Jatuporn: CMPO must arrest Suthep

United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) co-leader Jatuporn Prompan has called on Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO) director Chalerm Yubamrung to arrest protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban, arguing that it is the only way to end prolonged anti-government rallies.

Mr Jatuporn made the comments following a clash on Tuesday when police used force to retake a rally site at Pan Fah Bridge from protesters.

Mr Jatuporn said the clash was unavoidable because protesters were violating the emergency decree.

He insisted that the CMPO was being too lenient on ending demonstrations, despite the fact that the number of protesters had considerably decreased.

The clash on Tuesday morning was very small compared to the crackdowns on protesters in 2010 when a large number of red-shirts were killed and injured, he said.

According to Mr Jatuporn, the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) is stuck because its proposals - be it a people's revolution, the appointment of neutral prime minister or the creation of a people's council - are not backed by the constitution and therefore impossible to achieve.

Mr Suthep is trying to prolong the protests, albeit with a smaller number of protesters, in the hope that an independent organisation will come out and take action against the government.

The only way of ending the protest situation is for Mr Chalerm, as CMPO head, to apprehend Mr Suthep, Mr Jatuporn said.

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Discussion 1 : 19/02/2014 at 01:22 AM
That's a bit rich coming from a former protest leader who helped terrorise Bangkok for months a few years ago. We will never know how the 2010 protests might have ended had there been a neutral, active Police force with crowd control units as there seems to be this time.
Discussion 2 : 18/02/2014 at 11:58 PM
The redshirts fight coup makers - Suthep fight democracy and the thai majority, quite a difference.
Discussion 3 : 18/02/2014 at 09:49 PM
Would you have said the same in 2010 about Jatuporn? And what about Nattawut when he asked the protesters to Burn Bangkok ??
Discussion 4 : 18/02/2014 at 08:09 PM
He is not brave enough, he only make bla-bla, wasnt he the one who brought the whisky into the parliament for the party the other day?
Discussion 5 : 18/02/2014 at 07:52 PM
As if this huge wave of discontent for the Shinawatra regime is entirely the making of Khun Suthep? Jatuporn Prompan's lack of awareness is absolutely laughable. I agree totally with the poster KimtheFinn. ... and I saw it years ago. The Shinawatras must be erased from Thai politics altogether.
Discussion 6 : 18/02/2014 at 07:19 PM
Dear topcat_bk: "Burning down Bangkok"? After the killing of more then 90 unarmed demonstraters in 2010 there were some small fires. Is was never clear who started them. The damage Suthep made to the Thai economy is far bigger and will be very costly in the long run. Stick to facts, please.
Discussion 7 : 18/02/2014 at 06:56 PM
There is no such thing as "the Thaksin regime" out the realm of propagandistic imagination.
Discussion 8 : 18/02/2014 at 06:41 PM
Jutaporn…Is it one of the red shirt leader charged for terrorist activities?
Discussion 9 : 18/02/2014 at 06:14 PM
It doesn't matter whethrer Suthep is seized dead of alive. Just make this mad man disappear.
Discussion 10 : 18/02/2014 at 06:09 PM
Calm down. He is being dealt with... Thai style. This government is being very patient knowing that support on the street dwindles daily as none of Suthep's objectives have been accomplished. Waiting until he is weak is better than arresting him now & giving protesters a new rallying cry. Very clever.
Discussion 11 : 18/02/2014 at 06:01 PM
Burning down Bangkok is not explicitly prohibited by the constitution and therefore probably acceptable in Mr. Jatuporn's view... especially when done by red shirts.
Discussion 12 : 18/02/2014 at 05:35 PM
I'm afraid the only possible outcome for this crisis is the resign of the PM and the end of the Thaksin regime. I have been following the situation for a long time and it seems that the corrupt regime is doing all it can to end the protests as soon as possible. Mr. Jatuporn's attempt will be futile, because the protest is not about one person wanting to make a change, it is about a whole lot of people sick and tired of corruption in Thailand.And the prime ministers loyalty to her brother was the last straw.We in Finland have little corruption. In Finland, the PM would have resigned long ago. I hope Thailand will reach the same level one day.
Discussion 13 : 18/02/2014 at 05:31 PM
He is right; Suthep should be hurled in immediately. This protester is acting too much without giving respect to anyone. Thinking that he is above the law and order. Thailand can't afford to lose some more time and social expenditures. Expeditious action has to be taken to end this crazy protest.
Discussion 14 : 18/02/2014 at 05:22 PM
We all know that red shirt law is a law with in its self One rule for them another for every other Thai
Discussion 15 : 18/02/2014 at 05:08 PM
Chalerm to personally arrest Suthep., that I really want to see!
Discussion 16 : 18/02/2014 at 05:06 PM
What about himself ? He is charged with terrorism. Any word about the poor farmers ? The red shirts in 2010 were heavily armed and violent. What about his goddess, who is being charged by the NACC ? This talk is only to impress Thaksin, all Thai people know that.
Discussion 17 : 18/02/2014 at 05:05 PM
"According to Mr Jatuporn, the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) is stuck because its proposals - be it a people's revolution, the appointment of neutral prime minister or the creation of a people's council - are not backed by the constitution and therefore impossible to achieve." And burning Bangkok what was that then?
Discussion 18 : 18/02/2014 at 04:56 PM
"Mr Jatuporn said the clash was unavoidable because protesters were violating the emergency decree. He insisted that the CMPO was being too lenient on ending demonstrations" First of all isn't he violating his bail agreement by becoming involved with politics again. Second of all, this is deja vu - why didn't he state this fact when the red shirts were demonstrating at rachaprasong. You can't have it both ways.

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